Middle East

Fifa’s president Gianni Infantino has said Iran will lift its ban on women attending football matches.

Fifa's president Gianni Infantino has called Iran's ban on women attending football matches "unacceptable" and called for it to be lifted

UsigRai, the journalists’ union of public-service broadcaster Rai, and the Italian division of Amnesty International have stepped up their pressure on Italian football stakeholders regarding the staging o…

Football world governing body Fifa has allowed Iraq to host their national team's upcoming World Cup qualifying games in their southern city, Basra, following a "security assessment by a Fifa delegation"

Saudi Arabia fought off competition from several other nations to host the heavily-anticipated boxing rematch between Andy Ruiz Jr

Israel-based WSC Sports, a provider of artificial intelligence-supported sports video highlights, has raised $23m (£18.9m/€20.5m) in Series C funding, the latest marker in the company's continued growth.

The Saudi Cup will become the richest horse race in history when its inaugural edition takes place in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh next February

The Formula One motor-racing series is in talks over the possibility of staging a grand prix in Saudi Arabia, according to multiple reports

Global media group beIN Media has partnered up with sports industry start-up incubator Qatar SportsTech (QST) to aid the development of new technology which could enhance its broadcasts

Dubai’s reputation as an ever-changing metropolis that refuses to stand still contrasts with a carefully-crafted sports events strategy that has demonstrated remarkable consistency stretching back years.

CR7 wins best player at Globe Soccer Awards in Dubai Special career award for Brazil legend Ronaldo

Abu Dhabi will take centre stage as two of the world’s top football competitions, the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017-2018 and AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019, come to town. Alexis Dijksterhuis of Abu Dhabi-based ticketing and events company FLASH Entertainment is relishing the prospect.

Sport in Saudi Arabia is on the cusp of enormous change. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the heir to the kingdom’s throne and one of the two most powerful men in the country along with his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz – has targeted sport as one of the vehicles of his ambitious plan to transform the country.

Kuwait has returned as a fully-recognised member of the Olympic Movement after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lifted a four-year suspension of its National Olympic Committee (NOC)

Myanmar, Thailand and Indonesia have officially bid to host the Fifa U20 World Cup in 2021. In total, three of the five bids for the U20 World Cup are from Asia

Pay-television broadcaster BeIN Sports has laid off almost 300 employees in Qatar, or about 18 per cent of its local staff

The Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) has today (Friday) announced that Qatar will stage its inaugural World Beach Games later this year after San Diego was stripped of the event last month

Australia and Qatar are set to compete at next year’s edition of the Copa América national team football tournament following invites from the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).

Luigi Di Siervo, the chief executive of Lega Serie A, the organising body of Italy's top football division, has issued a statement speaking out against Saudi Arabia-based pirate broadcaster beoutQ

Andrea Radrizzani intends to retain his controlling stake in Leeds United, according to club sources, amid rumours that Qatari Sports Investments is in talks over a full takeover

A French judicial investigation into allegations of corruption around Qatar’s bid to host the 2017 and 2019 IAAF World Championships, has led to a second person being put under formal investigation.

Yousef Al-Obaidly, director general of Qatar-based beIN Media Group, has been issued with preliminary charges of corruption amid a probe into the bidding process for the World Athletics Championships

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will return to Abu Dhabi for the first time since 2014 after a five-year hosting rights deal was announced today (Monday)

The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) is considering taking the annual Supercopa de España club competition to Saudi Arabia, according to Marca.

Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) has today (Monday) confirmed that the Dakar Rally will be held in Saudi Arabia from 2020

The Dakar Rally is poised to move to another new territory after Saudi Arabia struck a long-term deal to host the motorsport showpiece, according to multiple reports

Fifa President Gianni Infantino addressed the media following the Fifa Council meeting in Miami on Friday

Fifa has outlined a list of 10 stadia in five countries that could be utilised to help stage an expanded 2022 World Cup, with world football’s governing body stating the move would be worth an additional $…

Fifa appears poised to press forward with the idea of a 2022 World Cup with 48 teams

Qatar is hoping to lure about $20bn (€18bn) in investment for  sports sector ahead of the 2022 World Cup, according to a Reuters report.

In a bid to attract more of the world’s top players, The European Tour will offer the most prize money ever in golf history in a single tournament later this year at the season-ending DP World Championships i…

Fifa and Qatar have announced the formation of a joint venture that will be responsible for the planning and delivery of the 2022 World Cup

BeIN Media Group has called on Italy's top-tier football division Serie A to reconsider its decision to stage the Italian Super Cup in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, accusing the country of backing the piracy of…

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has reiterated his view that the Qatar 2022 World Cup could feature 48 teams and play matches across the Gulf to accommodate the expanded tournament

Qatar's willingness to host a 48-team World Cup in 2022 will be largely determined by a Fifa feasibility study that has been commissioned

The 2018 African Super Cup will be played in Qatar, representing the first time the match will be staged outside its home continent

Saudi Arabia will play host to next month's Italian Super Cup despite calls to play the match elsewhere in the wake of  journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder.